REPAIR - continued
(1) Lay out the canopy with the damaged area exposed.
(2) To facilitate the application of the mending cloth patch, place a 1/2- by 20- by 20-inch smooth
wooden board or similar smooth, hard-finished, rigid material (except paper board) under the
(3) Trim the ragged, frayed, or severely burned areas of the canopy cloth to provide a smooth
area for patch application.
(4) Using an authorized marking aid of contrasting color, mark a square, triangle, or rectangle, as
applicable, around the damaged area.
(5) Measure and cut lengths of the mending cloth to achieve the shape and size of the intended
patch. Cut the patch to provide an overlap of the damaged area using the specifications in
table 3. Round off the corners of the patch. Patches will be prepared in duplicate to allow for
application on the inside and outside of the canopy.
(6) Remove the paper backing from the adhesive side of the mending cloth by forming a crease;
score the paper with a fingernail, and peel the paper from the adhesive coating. Ensure the
mending cloth is not damaged when scoring the paper backing.
(7) Smooth the canopy material adjacent to the damaged area on the canopy outside; place the
formed mending cloth patch over the damaged area.
(8) Using the edge of a packing paddle (or a roller), apply pressure to smooth the patch on.
(9) Apply the duplicate-shaped patch to the damaged area on the inside of the canopy, using the
procedures in steps (6) and (7), above. Stitch 1/16-inch in from the outer edge of the patch
using details from Tables 1 and 2.
3. Applying a miscellaneous canopy patch. A miscellaneous canopy patch, which may be irregularly
shaped, is used to repair damaged canopy material when the location of the damaged area requires
the patch to extend into a seam, joint, reinforcement or lateral band. Determine the type of patch
required for the canopy, using the details in illustrations following the canopy patch procedures
detailed below. Apply a miscellaneous patch to a gore section as follows:
Use applicable details in STITCHING AND RESTITCHING.
a. Identify the damaged area. If desired, outline the damaged area with a marking pen, tailors chalk,
b. Determine which seams, joints, reinforcements or lateral bands will be involved in the patch.
Determine the patch size, shape.
d. As required, cut the applicable stitching to remove or lay aside items that may interfere with the
patching process. Open any seam, joint, reinforcement or lateral band seam involved in the
patch, by removing the stitching.